FPD Officer Joins Indy Honor Flight
This past Saturday, Fishers Police Officer Robert Bowling had the opportunity to travel with a veteran on Indy Honor Flight. Indy Honor Flight is an organization which takes veterans from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam to Washington DC to visit the war memorials. As a guardian, Officer Bowling was paired with Mr. Robbie Robertson a Korean War veteran. These trips help the veterans get some closure from their time in the service and it is a way for us to honor them for their service and sacrifices.
This trip of a lifetime to DC was just the beginning for these veterans. During the return flight Indy Honor Flight surprised them with a Mail Call. Each veteran’s name was called and they were given a stack of letters to open up and read on the way back to Indianapolis. As a guardian, Officer Bowling contacted Mr. Robertson’s family in regards to mail call as well as spread the word to others interested in thanking Mr. Robertson for his service. The other surprise is Homecoming. Upon their return there was a huge celebration at Plainfield High School. Many of these veterans never received a homecoming. Here is a video clip of what homecoming looks like, https://youtu.be/mTDDCIxl7ho.
Mr. Robertson is 83 years old and grew up in Gary, Indiana. He served as a Communications Officer in the US Air Force from 1951-1957. He lost his two older brothers in WWII. He loved to run and participated in mini marathons up until he was 72 years old. He had never been to DC and was grateful for this opportunity.
Indy Honor Flight is an organization that relies on donations. If you are looking for an organization to donate towards, this is a great one. Sadly, many veterans die before they get the opportunity to go. On this particular flight, the youngest veteran was 69 years old from the Vietnam War and the oldest was 100 years old from WWII. Please visit http://www.indyhonorflight.org/ for more information.